New York City is known for its culinary delights that range from gourmet street food to Michelin rated fine-dining. With the advent of social media, many New York eateries have upped their visual presentation game to offer food that is just as aesthetically pleasing as it is tasty. The better the food looks in pictures on social media, the more enthusiastic patrons are to flock to their establishment to snap a pic. Join me as I take on the ambitious task of trying out some of these picture perfect foodie spots. This New York Instagram Foodie Walking Tour will make it easy for you to visit five popular Instagram foodie spots.
1. Wise Fish Poké:
Address: 263 West 19th Street, New York, New York 10011
Cleary poké is the new foodie trend since new restaurants are popping up in major cities all the time featuring poké bowls. Poké is a fish salad which originated in Hawaii and has gained major popularity in the mainland USA. The salad’s main ingredient is raw fish (usually tuna, salmon or other shellfish) and is seasoned with traditional poké seasoning that has Japanese influences. Poké’s appeal lies in its complex textures and flavors that combine to provide a refreshing and light meal.
As a poké newbie, I was a bit intimidated by the variety of choices that Wise Fish Poké offers (full menu). You have the option of creating a bowl from scratch or ordering a popular combination. I opted to create my own bowl and got to choose a base ranging from rice to zucchini noodles, the main ingredient such as fresh ahi tuna or salmon, six different choices for sauce, and an assortment of toppings.
My thoughts on poké… I love it! After devouring my snack size bowl, I wish I had ordered more. I am definitely a poké convert and plan to have it in the future. Hopefully, subsequent experiences will live up to Wise Fish Poké.
After enjoying a nice snack full of protein and veggies, time to get some dessert!
When you leave Wise Fish make a right and head towards 8th Avenue. Hook a left onto 8th Avenue and head south for five blocks until you reach 14th street. Make a left onto 14th street and you will see your next stop on the right-hand side of the street.
Address: 248 West 14th Street, New York, New York 10011
Don’t let the name fool you. I came here for one reason only – the Crazy Shakes!!! I drooled over Instagram pictures of Black Tap’s Crazy Shakes. Their milkshakes are stacked high with cakes and cookies and adorned with vanilla icing covered with treats. Given its social media popularity, I expected a crowd but I was able to walk right in and get a seat at the bar.
This heart attack inducing, sugar rush in a cup is offered in 5 different flavors. I opted for the Oreo shake because you can’t go wrong with Oreo. I quickly got a towering, creamy Oreo milk shake topped with whipped cream and a giant ice cream cookie. The shake itself was pretty good, not too different from your run of the mill Oreo milkshake but the presentation was definitely worth the $15 price tag. I would recommend sharing it though because after a few sips I was ready to lie down and take a nap. Once you recover from the blood sugar spike, head on out to your next destination.
When you leave Black Tap, make a right to head east on 14th street, then make a right onto 7th Avenue. Once you reach Bleeker St, turn left and then make a right onto Morton St. The next destination will be on your left.
Address: 10 Morton Street, New York, New York 10014
Yes, more sweets. Fair warning, the rest of this foodie tour is full of sweet treats, so gird your
loins pancreas. Back to The Doughnut Project… This cute doughnut shop tucked in Greenwich Village is not your average doughnut shop. They create doughnuts that are just as creative as they are delicious, like the “everything doughnut ” that has a cream cheese frosting and sesame seeds.
I, of course, opted for the opulent Prosecco doughnut.
I initially wanted to visit The Doughnut Project to try their frozen doughnut which is like a hybrid doughnut ice cream sandwich but they were unfortunately sold out at that point. Fair warning, go early if you want to get a frozen doughnut.
When you exit The Doughnut Project, head back to your right toward Bleeker Steet. Make a right onto Bleeker Street and walk a few blocks until you reach LaGuardia Avenue where you will make a left. The next destination will be on your left.
Address: 550 LaGuardia Place, New York, New York 10012
This shop features confections made of cookie dough and offers vegan and gluten-free options. If you grew up sneaking cookie dough or enjoy cookie dough flavored ice cream, this is the place for you. A visit to dō Cookie Dough Confections allows you to enjoy cookie dough in many different flavors such as oatmeal M&M, cake batter, or captain crunch without the pesky risk of salmonella poisoning.
This was the first time I encountered a substantial line during my Instagram foodie tour. The line forms across the street and you will be directed when to enter with a pass. I went at midday on a Saturday and waited for about 30 minutes.
Once inside, you are greeted by the bright neon lights and lots of cookie dough creations ranging from cookie dough ice cream, fudge, cookies, and cupcakes. I opted for the cupcake (aptly named the cookie bomb) and took it to go since I knew I had one more stop to make where I planned to get ice cream.
Head back to Bleeker Street and make a left. once you reach LaFayette Street, make a right. Continue south on Lafayette Street which turns into Cleveland Street. Make a right onto Broome Street, then a left onto Centre Market Place, which turns into Baxter Street. The next destination will be on your left.
5. Taiyaki NYC:
Address: 119 Baxter Street, New York, New York 10013
This ice cream shop is located in a modest storefront on a side street off of the busy Canal Street in Chinatown. It is very unassuming, but once inside you will find a unique ice cream experience. Taiyaki NYC serves an ice cream treat composed of soft serve ice cream in a fish shape “cone” called taiyaki which means fried fish in Japanese. The taiyaki, in this case, is baked and is a cake filled with either custard or sweet red bean filling.
Customers are able to choose their ice cream flavor, taiyaki filling, drizzle, and two toppings. The more adventurous foodie should try the “Straight Outta Japan” which features a Matcha/Sesame swirl ice cream in a taiyaki filled with red bean topped with mochi and a wafer. You could also choose the unicorn option and get a taiyaki treat topped with cookie horn and colorful sprinkles.
Personally, I ordered vanilla with caramel drizzle topped with Oreo and graham cracker crumble in a taiyaki filled with custard. The taiyaki is served warm so it is like eating a warm cake with ice cream. The only exception is that the ice cream piled on top of the warm cake is held in your hand so you have to eat it fast before it melts into a huge sticky mess.
This walking tour covers about 2 miles and takes a little under an hour of walking time. It may not seem like it, but you cover a lot of ground on this foodie tour. While walking to each destination, you will concurrently explore many different neighborhoods in Manhattan including Greenwich Village and Chinatown. After enjoying these popular eateries and walking off the calories in between, you likely want a nap. Enjoy your well-deserved food coma.
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